Sunday, March 15, 2009

The next Web of open, linked data: Tim Berners-Lee on

Remembering the Day the World Wide Web Was Born

Twenty years ago this month, a software consultant named Tim Berners-Lee at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (better known as CERN) hatched a plan for an open computer network to keep track of research at the particle physics laboratory in the suburbs of Geneva, Switzerland. Berners-Lee's modestly titled "Information Management: A Proposal," which he submitted to get a CERN grant, would become the blueprint for the World Wide Web.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Does the God Gap Matter?

“If there really were a God Gap, Barack Obama couldn’t have been elected. But the idea that America’s believers and nonbelievers are radically different and sharply antagonistic runs deeper than that.”

Understanding the Financial Crisis in 59 min

"The collapse of the banking system explained, in just 59 minutes. Our crack economics team—the guys who explained the mortgage crisis, Alex Blumberg and NPR’s Adam Davidson—are back to help all of us understand the news. For instance, when we talk about an insolvent bank, what does it actually mean, and why are we giving hundreds of billions of dollars to rich bankers who screwed up their own businesses? Also, two guys go to New Jersey to look at a toxic asset."